CRUISING NEW ZEALAND'S BAY OF ISLANDS.
Join a 5-day bareboat charter cruise through New Zealand’s popular Bay of Islands. Located towards the top of New Zealand’s North Island, cruisers have over 150 islands to explore. Sailing conditions are usually excellent with little swell and sea breezes up to 20 knots with winds settling down in the evening. But if the wind pipes up too high for your liking, there’s always a new anchorage in a protected bay just a short distance away. Most of the bays have sandy bottoms. Leeward coves feature sandy beaches and the islands themselves are lush with green vegetation. With a summer sailing season starting in November, daytime temperatures between 80 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit, and cool evenings, the Bay of Islands offers an excellent winter retreat for northern hemisphere sailors.
This 5 day charter features “Island Girl,“ a lighter displacement Farr 42 foot sloop that’s very responsive and delivers excellent speed in lighter winds. The crew visits several anchorages and small towns and attends a special day with celebrations by indigenous Maori and representatives from the New Zealand government. (D3Z-204A)